Ms. Ssaem Sam Teaches Where?

A 20-something Californian finds herself teaching High School English in Bolivia after 3 years as an EFL teacher in Korea. Along the way, I share classroom stories, musings about education, culture, language, expat life, loving Jesus, feminism, grief, missing Korea and re-blog resources.
But let's face it: this mostly classroom quotes and anecdotes. Because it still melts my heart when a 16 year-old accidentally calls me "Mom."
*Disclaimer* This is not and never was an official Fulbright Program blog and the views expressed are my own and not those of the Fulbright Program, the U.S. Department of State or any of its partner organizations.
This is also not an official website for any school that has ever employed me.
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It is 9pm on Monday night and I am already tired enough to fall asleep but instead I am in the black hole of grading and we send out failing letters every Tuesday (I know, we hate it) and the end of the quarter is Friday so I really need to get my ish together. 



This is pretty much what happened at the end of last school year. It was not pretty.

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Here’s a general rule. When an insult is directed at a woman, consider how it would have sounded directed at a man. If the result is ridiculous, then it’s probably sexist.



He looks so smug in that last one.

I’d be smug, too, if I ever got to see Machu Picchu in person.

The goal is to hit Machu either over Thanksgiving or Spring Break this year.

I cannot promise to take pictures with the same expression in front of the mountain, but I’m so photogenic that it might turn out that way anyhow.

Some teachers still have trouble showing any sort of vulnerability of fallibility. These teachers will expend immense amounts of energy hiding the fact they’re frustrated at something, that they’re upset or perhaps even angry. Why? Other teachers get tied into logical knots to avoid admitting “I have no idea what the answer to your question is.” But teachers who genuinely connect with students are the ones who aren’t afraid to show emotions in class, who can admit that they aren’t in fact the repository of all knowledge. Of course nobody want to be a wallowing, blubbering mess in class, but what better way to teach empathy than to give the students someone to empathize with when we’re having a bad day? What better way to foster collaboration and to teach that it’s okay not to know something than to say “I don’t know, let’s find that out!”?



very into charts about naps

This is very useful for when I go back to uni.

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Siobhan Thompson Uses Shakespearean Insults on Modern Coworkers in ‘Anglophenia’

I think I am in heaven, Shakespearean heaven, but heaven nevertheless.

  • history teacher at 10: 30pm: are you bringing work on the retreat?
  • me: maybe the SAT practice test to take for fun.
  • ....
  • me: [realizes that sounded sarcastic. i wasn't being sarcastic.]





My therapist asked me to create something “motivating” so I made these.


I really love these, and I reblog them every single time. Some of you don’t realize how easy it’s to forget to do some of those stuff or how hard they can be some days.

now i feel like ive actually accomplished something today thank u ily

I haven’t even put pants on yet

I feel like the math teacher and I need these for hard days.

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  • Student 1: So Oberon's looking at Helena and Demetrius, and he's like I SHIP IT.
  • Student 2: Yeah, but then he's like BOOM. CANON. Like some kind of terrifying, almighty fangirl.

"I put my heart and soul into my work, and I have lost my mind in the process." 
— Vincent van Gogh

So I hit Re-Blog instantly because it’s Vincent, and then I thought about it and realized, “Oh, God, it’s true.”

"I put my heart and soul into my work, and I have lost my mind in the process." 

— Vincent van Gogh

So I hit Re-Blog instantly because it’s Vincent, and then I thought about it and realized, “Oh, God, it’s true.”

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